Monday, December 27, 2010

A "White Christmas" in Georgia!!!

Hello family!!!

Oh my goodness, it was sooooo great getting to talk to y'all on Christmas Day!!! I loved hearing your voices! Chris, you sound so mature!! Goodness, I've only been gone four months, what are you going to sound like in May?! haha! How was Harry Potter?!?! Thank y'all sooooo much for the gifts!!! I love everything!!! I'm wearing the pink sweater today--it is sooo cozy! And I got so excited when I saw the Summer Hill lotion! Now I get to smell like my Mama! :) Chris, I love my Snoopy and Woodstock!!! I opened Grandma's gift, as well--she sent me a really pretty jacket! I love it! I'm going to write her a thank you note hopefully today, and I'll try to get some pictures for her, too! Oh, and Sister Fine loves the slipper socks! She asked me to thank y'all for her!

Annnd...can y'all believe it snowed on Christmas Day?!?! I never ever thought I'd get a "White Christmas" in Georgia (my first one, too!)! And how cool that it started coming down when we were on the phone! They ended up cancelling church yesterday for the whole stake (we're in the Cartersville Stake)! We were also grounded from our car on Saturday night and Sunday morning because of the snow and ice, so we ended up tracting in the snow yesterday was freezing!! The roads were still pretty slick, too--I was so nervous, baha! There is still snow on the ground today, too! Our district got together at a park in Dallas for p-day, and we got to play in the snow for a bit--it was sooo fun! Two elders had brought some makeshift snowboards, and I ended up trying them a couple of times, haha! So fun!! I didn't get very far down before I fell, but it was still super fun! And no broken bones, yay! haha! :) My fingers are still pretty numb, though, haha! It's making it fun to type!

Sister Collier is home!!! Her plane was scheduled to land today at 12:28! Eek!!! We are still hoping to keep it a surprise that I'm still here, but it sounds like she's probably figured it out...she was asking her dad a ton of questions when she called home, haha! We'll see what happens! I can't wait to see her again!!! The Collier's are definitely some of my favorite people ever!! We went over to see them last night and to give them their Christmas gifts from us, and we got to see their Christmas tree--they're waiting to do Christmas with Sister Collier! So fun!

Can y'all believe this is the last week of 2010?! Holy gravy, time is flying by! And I'm going to be a missionary for all of 2011!!! How cool is that?! I don't want to waste a minute of it!!

Sorry, I don't really have much to say this week, since we just talked like two days ago...but I sure do love and miss y'all tonnns!!! How was the rest of your Christmas? I forgot to ask what y'all were doing for Christmas dinner! Do you have any plans for New Year's Eve? I know I already asked this, was Harry Potter?! haha! Well, hope everything is going great for y'all!! I miss you bunches, but I know this is where I'm supposed to be right now! I'm so thankful to be here serving Heavenly Father and His children!!!

Love y'all!!

Sister Crowe

Monday, December 13, 2010

Snow in Georgia!!!

Hello family!

Guess what?! It's snowing here in Georgia!!! Well, not at this very second, but still, haha! Yesterday morning, Sister Fine and I were walking out of the house on our way to church, and we both thought it was raining at first, but then we realized there were little snow flurries! It was so pretty! Sister Fine was laughing at how excited I was, haha! It snowed a little bit this morning, too--there was snow on our car when we came out this morning! And it is cooold!!! Brrr!!! I definitely did not think "cold" when I read my mission call, baha!

So Natalie's parents said "no" to her getting baptized, but Sister Fine and I still have a good feeling that things will work out! Natalie's dad came to church with her yesterday! He's a really nice guy, and we ended up talking with him in between Sacrament Meeting and Relief Society. He wants to know what Natalie sees in the Church, and he's really open-minded. He's already read all of 1 Nephi! He and Natalie are taking us out to lunch on Thursday--Sister Fine and I get to pick where we're going to eat...we're so indecisive, haha!

I think I've told y'all about Dave before...he's been taking the lessons since before I got here, and he's coming along slowly. We usually see him Wednesday nights, and last Wednesday, we went with a member, Brother Plauche. We started teaching Dave about prophets, but then we started talking about the priesthood. Brother Plauche was really helpful--he ended up doing most of the talking that night! At the end of the lesson, Dave asked Brother Plauche for a blessing on his home! The Spirit was so strong during the blessing. Dave said he could feel it, too--he said it was "peaceful." It's been really neat to watch Dave progressing!

Sister Fine and I got to go to a Christmas program at a Baptist church last week. JoAnn, one of our investigators, had invited us to go with her. It was a lot of fun! They had a live nativity, and I got to pet a donkey, a calf, and some goats! Inside the church building, they had a bunch of booths set up to make it seem as though you were in Bethlehem around the time that Christ was born. They also had a music program with a choir and an orchestra, and the preacher got up and did an altar call--it was interesting, but it was really fun!

How are y'all doing?! Thank you so much for the packages! Mama, did you make the cookies? They were so yummy! I love everything! Don't worry, I'm saving the wrapped stuff for Christmas Day! :) I'll be talking to y'all on the phone in 12 days!!!!! I'm sooooo excited!!! Are you doing anything special for Christmas? I miss you sooo much, but I know this is where I'm supposed to be right now! I love being a missionary!!! The Church is true, yay!!!

Love y'all!!!

Sister Crowe

Monday, December 6, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Hey y'all!

Oh my goodness, I don't know where to start! I guess I will start with Natalie! Remember her? She's been coming to church every Sunday pretty much since General Conference, and a few weeks ago, we started meeting with her for about 30 minutes each Sunday after church to teach her the lessons. She pretty much knows everything we've been teaching her--she could teach us the lessons! We ran into her right after Sacrament Meeting yesterday, and she was so excited...her dad wants to come to church with her next Sunday!!! Then, after church, we went over the Gospel of Jesus Christ with her. It was so funny--when I was going over the ABC's of repentance, I got to the letter "C" and Natalie said, "Confess." Sister Fine and I were like, "Have you heard this before?!" She pretty much taught us the rest of the letters, baha! Well...she's getting baptized!!!!! We've set the date for February 12, so that her parents have some time to warm up to it. She is sooooo excited! She truly is someone special--I remember when I first met her that day she came to watch Conference, and she kept saying, "I want it to be true." She just glows! Sister Fine and I are pretty sure this is our last transfer together, and Transfers are on January 12, so we're hoping that whoever is transferred will be able to get permission from President Satterfield to come back for her baptism. We'll see what happens!!! Thank y'all for keeping Natalie and her family in your prayers!!!

So two elders from our district (one was our district leader) and one of our zone leaders went home last Thursday. Sister Fine and I were sad allll day...half of our district is gone! We felt like our family was being split up! Our last District Meeting together was really special. We had a testimony meeting at the end of the meeting, and it was so amazing to hear all these missionaries bear their testimonies, especially the one's who were going home that week. Oh, and my training went pretty good! I was nervous, haha, and I felt like it was kinda jumbled together since I didn't have as much time to prepare for it as I would have liked, but it went well. I taught about how important it is that we pray and ask for the Spirit to be with us, and we talked about how we need to pray with faith.

Oh, I got a letter from Hermana Taets this week...she said that I'm sounding more and more like a country hick every time she hears from me. :) Well, shoot! What do y'all think?? haha, I don't think I have an accent, though...I guess we'll find out on Christmas Day. Speaking of which, do y'all realize there are 19 days till Christmas? :) :) :) I'm sooo excited for us to talk on the phone!!! Did you get to watch the Christmas Devotional last night? I loved it!!! I love Christmas!!! This is such a special time of year to think about the gift of our Savior!

How are y'all doing?! I sure love and miss you bunches!!! I'm doing good--trying to stay warm! :) We went out earlier this morning, and the thermometer in the car read 29 degrees outside...and Dad! The other day, I could see my breath in the car! Didn't that happen with you in Chicago?? haha, anywho...I love it here and I love being a missionary!!! I definitely miss y'all tons, but I know this is where I'm supposed to be right now!

Love y'all!!!

Sister Crowe